Redwood Radiator

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Project by Wagon173 posted 05-08-2015 03:16 PM 1145 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I work at a radiator repair shop that also does uhaul rentals. Last year we got the top 100 dealers award and uhaul mailed it without a frame. My boss thumb tacked it to the wall and I got to stare at it for several months until I finally decided to do something with it. The redwood is from an old railroad tie and the pine is the ace lumberyard special. All the brass was removed from scrap radiators, stripped, polished and lacquered.

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#1 posted 05-08-2015 08:11 PM

What a creative solution! It looks much nicer now and the theme of the frame is so appropriate.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 08:57 PM

Definitely a beautiful frame. Also I can see that you are a committed employee who takes pride in the achievements of your company. Can’t be done without the employees like yourself. Very WELL DONE!!!

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 05-09-2015 04:33 AM

this is one of the coolest things I have seen on lumberjocks during my stay here… great job…. really amazing… what was your bosses reaction thats what I really want to know

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#4 posted 05-09-2015 03:20 PM

Great job with the radiator! That looks so much better than a piece of glass hanging on the wall.

-- Jake

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#5 posted 05-09-2015 03:58 PM

Thank you all for the nice words! And thank you very much, scott! I am proud of this place even being a short timer. It’s been a nice change in pace working in a 2 man shop in smalltown, USA. Being a career mechanic, it’s hard not to be proud of this place. Seems like this trade is selling out more and more everyday whether its a corporate buy out or a company sponsoring your and regulating what you can/cant do/charge or simply establishing so many safety protocols that it becomes dangerous. It’s quite charming, also, to fix a quick leak for old mrs. jones and get paid in smoked salmon and cookies and not catch any heat for it. My boss almost cried to be honest with you, Playingwithwood. But more so because I wrote him a thank you note with it for helping me through my transition back into civilian life. It’s also kind of a going away present. He’s one of only a couple bosses I’ve ever had military or otherwise that has supported me in bettering myself even if it means me moving to a different job/unit. As it stands I’ve been fighting California for almost 2 years trying to go through the hoops of getting a job as a correctional officer and my last appointment before they schedule me for the academy is at the end of the month. I’m super amped that it made the top 15, however! I definitely did not see that one coming!

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